The Conference on Alternatives in Jewish Education

CAJE Goes Green

Posted by shomreiadamah on May 1, 2008

By Ellen Bernstein

Dear Friends,

For the first time in its 33-year history CAJE will offer an ECO-Track at its conference at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

We have put together a wonderful array of 59 sessions on Judaism and ecology, from the practical to the pleasurable to the sublime.

You’re invited to:

  • daven outdoors;
  • learn in the Eco beit midrash;
  • study with an array of 20 teachers who have been developing the field Judaism and ecology for over 20 years;
  • hike and bike in the beautiful Vermont countryside;
  • experience nature from a Jewish perspective;
  • to discover the world of Jewish farms and farming, and how to bring these practices to your classroom.

You’re invited to learn how to teach Jewish values by using nature’s classroom.

This is truly a unique opportunity. For the first time, 20 pioneers in the field of Judaism and ecology are joining together and volunteering their time and their expertise with the hopes of creating a sea change in the Jewish community and engaging Jews more deeply in ecological thinking and environmental concerns. We all believe that our tradition has much to offer the Environmental Movement, and we are eager to share our work with you.

So please join us this summer.

You don’t need to be a Jewish educator to love the CAJE conference. The Conference is for all of us who love learning and experiencing the joy of Jewish community.

We are particularly eager for people who have never been to CAJE to join us — especially those of you who may have a strong interest in environment, nature or the outdoors.

Scholarships are available to college students (apply through the Schusterman Fellowship program). And scholarships are available to adults (who need them) who plan on taking at least 10 sessions in the ECO-Track. College Credit is even available from Hebrew College for those who are taking at least 10 eco-track sessions and are interesting in getting academic credit.

Scholarships are on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply now!

To learn more and register, go to

Kol tuv,
Ellen Bernstein
Founder, Shomrei Adamah


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